Former world champion and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Judith Arndt has renewed for the next two years with HTC-HighRoad, with London 2012 to cap her successful career.
“Sometimes a team change is good just to freshen up, but there’s nothing better out there than HTC-HighRoad,” Arndt, 34, said in a team release Tuesday. “We’ve got a very professional environment and management, and I’m very happy to stay here with HTC-HighRoad for another two years.”
Arndt also said the continuing presence of German star Ina-Yoko Teutenberg at HTC-HighRoad was a big factor in remaining in the team, because “when you’ve got the best sprinter in the world in your lineup, that’s always good.”
Arndt’s big goals for 2011 will be the spring classics, the Tour of Italy, where she finished second this year, and the world time trial championships, in which she has finished on the podium five times since 1997.
“Last season wasn’t really bad. I got a lot of good podium places and proved I’m still a World Class rider, but it wasn’t very satisfying, either, because I didn’t win a lot. So I’ve got a point to prove in 2011. And, London will be a big objective in 2012, my last year as a professional.”